Batwoman Star Ruby Rose Suddenly Exits Before Second Season
In January, the CW announced the second season of Batwoman. However, the star, Ruby Rose, abruptly chose to leave for reasons still unspecified. Warner Bros. and the CW have confirmed they will go forward with season two and recast the lead.
Ruby Rose’s Statement
Rose made a statement expressing her gratitude for the show and its success.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” she wrote. “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew, and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and Los Angeles. I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created. Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and the CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful.”
Rose did not state her reasons for leaving, but there has already been speculation. Rose announced in September that she had surgery for two herniated discs. People questioned if Batwoman was the project responsible for her injuries. However, sources close to the situation confirmed to Variety that her decision “had nothing to do with her health or injury”.
The Studio and Network Reaction
The parting appears to be on good terms. Batwoman ranked as the third most-watched show of the network; it is no surprise they are proceeding with the second season.
Warner Bros. TV, the CW, and Berlanti Productions made a joint statement:
“Warner Bros. Television, the CW, and Berlanti productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best. The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman‘s second season and long-term future, and we – along with the show’s talented creative team – look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”
Rose identifies as genderfluid and a lesbian. It will be exciting to see who replaces her to bring further representation to the LGBTQ community.